pigments were used by the traditional Thai painter. These colors, scarlet
lake, yellow ochre, ultramarine blue, pipe-clay white and pot-black, were used
to produce many other colors. During the Bangkok period, pigments were
imported from China, thus making colors richer. Chemical pigments and
Western perspective were brought into use during the middle of the 19th century.
Buddhist heaven and hells, Jataka stories, episodes from Buddha's life and
scenes from contemporary Thai life were found in early surviving murals.
These murals were painted with earth colors made from natural pigments.
To create their
own expression of art, Thai artists attempt to integrate the influences of
Western style and technique with their training in the traditional style.